Have you ever noticed that your thoughts have enormous weight when it comes to your health, happiness, and success in life? Let that soak in for a second. And then if you aren’t completely convinced, let’s take a look at an example. Imagine that you are stuck in miles of traffic that isn’t budging one bit. How do you feel? You probably feel pretty annoyed and frustrated. Who wouldn’t? But that doesn’t mean that you have to take hold of these frustrated or annoyed feelings. Instead of letting your negative thoughts take over, try to put a positive spin on them. For example: “At least now I have time to do my makeup before getting to work,” or, “I wasn’t sure when I’d fit in my meditation practice, this is the perfect opportunity.” Do you see how that works?
“Things may happen around you, and things may happen to you, but the only things that matter are the things that happen in you.” –Eric Butterworth
It’s okay if you don’t quite know how to control your thoughts. There are experts called cognitive behavioral therapists who can guide you on this life-changing journey. They will help you notice when your negative thinking is taking over, teach you about the roots of these negative thoughts (cognitive distortions), and replace them with positive thoughts that serve you.
If you are in Montgomery County, you can find the cognitive behavioral therapy you’re looking for at Thriveworks Bethesda, MD. We have cognitive behavioral therapists who are experts on negative versus positive thinking patterns, and they can equip you with life-changing skills and tools that help you control your own thoughts. If this sounds like something you’re interested in, reach out to Thriveworks Bethesda, MD. Call (240) 513-3093 to schedule your appointment.
What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of therapy that focuses on helping someone change their thinking and behavioral patterns that directly cause or affect a problem they are experiencing. These problems can include:
- Relationship difficulties
- Alcohol abuse or addiction
- Anxiety and depression
- Sleep issues
- Low self-esteem
This is just the short list. Whatever it is you’re going through, a cognitive behavioral therapist at Thriveworks Bethesda, MD can help you identify, understand, and transform the negative thoughts and behaviors you are exhibiting. Your cognitive behavioral therapist will help you adapt new, more effective ways for dealing with your problem(s).
How Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Help Me?
As we mentioned above, cognitive behavioral therapy can help people address a myriad of mental health issues, as this form of therapy is rooted in the idea that negative thinking is at the very root of our issues. These issues are not about the events themselves. Your Thriveworks Bethesda, MD cognitive behavioral therapist will teach you about the cognitive distortions we engage in, including:
- Polarized or black and white thinking, in which we think in extremes: something is either amazing or horrible.
- Blaming, whereas we focus on the negatives and ignore the positives in any given scenario
- Catastrophizing, in which we magnify or minimize a situation and ultimately expect the worst
- Emotional reasoning, whereas we assume that are emotions and feelings are accurate, despite the facts
These are just a few of many cognitive distortions that we are all guilty of engaging in. Once you understand these, you can then learn to identify them on a regular basis and assume a more accurate stance on any given situation.
Schedule Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Thriveworks Bethesda, MD in Montgomery
If you want to experience the benefits of working with a cognitive behavioral therapist for yourself, and you are in the Montgomery area, reach out to Thriveworks Bethesda, MD. We can set you up with a cognitive behavioral therapist right away—seriously, we have next-day appointments available. We can also offer you flexible evening and weekend sessions. We get that the normal daytime appointments don’t always work out!
If you’re ready to schedule cognitive behavioral therapy and get to work with a skilled, caring professional, give Thriveworks Bethesda, MD a call right now at (240) 513-3093 to schedule your appointment.